As the author of the Jefferson Airplane book "Take Me To A Circus Tent" and a former radio disc-jockey, I am often asked to write and or discuss various recordings from the 60's and 70's.
Before we get to the actual review D.B. Hebbard was kind enough to point out that "Western Arizona" and "Do The Weston" are the same song. Over the years certain tunes are known by a couple of names. If you see either title you'll know that you are getting the same track.
If you are looking for the Sonny Boy Williamson cut "Baby Don't Worry" it is not available on all the pressings. The Japanese CD called Sonny Boy Williamson & the Yardbirds [LIMITED EDITION] [IMPORT] [LIVE] (Japanese) does include the song but it is not as complete as this one. Since the Yardbirds are not on the track you can decide if you can justify the higher cost.
For fans that have collected most if not all of the Yardbirds recordings over the years they can enjoy the music here. As they back blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson you can understand the influence he passed on to so many of the British Invasion bands. Eric Clapton must have been out running the bands van to play the shows with him.
The focus of this release is for those that aren't looking for the Yardbird tunes they adore to this day. If you are seeking anything from "For Your Love" to "For R.S.G.", you won't have the proper mindset for it.
If you want to discover some raw blues with no thrills as it happened, this will get right in your face and deliver. "Bye Bye Bird", "Mister Downchild", and "River Rhine" (Coincidently done in a row) are three songs that you may want to check out first to get more comfortable with the proceedings.
Once you look in to the Yardbirds being on stage and not the stage, it isn't hard to submerge yourself in the tremendous material of Sonny Boy Williamson and the young guitar-player. What was his name? Call him "Slowhand" or Eric.
Enjoy the music and be well,
Author of the Jefferson Airplane book "Take Me To A Circus Tent"